Team New Zealand will take on holders Team Oracle USA in the 34th America’s Cup and you follow every twist and turn from San Francisco live on Sky Sports or via BBC Two’s regular highlights.
The prestigious event has the accolade of being the oldest trophy in sport, as well as the pinnacle of yacht racing, and its best-of-17-race series featuring rapid 72ft catamarans will decide its eventual winner over a two week period.
Named after the first winner of the trophy in 1851, the yacht ‘America’ won the race off the Isle of Wight and ironically the trophy has never returned to Britain since.
Its 162-year history has been dominated by the United States. New York Yacht Club won the 1851 contest and subsequently won their next 25 meets, a run that lasted 132 year until they were beaten by Royal Perth Yacht Club in 1983.
The event is a challenge-based sailing competition where the winning yacht club makes the rules and hosts the following edition.
Throughout the years America’s Cup boats have undergone various construction changes and this year’s boats are set to be the fastest ever seen.
This year’s event sees Team Oracle USA defend their crown against Team New Zealand in San Francisco. The Americans are the reigning champions following a 2-0 success over Switzerland’s Alinghi.
Their opponents are Team New Zealand, who won the right to battle Oracle after toppling Italy’s Luna Rossa 7-1 in the Louis Vuitton Cup challenger series.
Tensions between the teams have been running high with Team New Zealand’s managing director Grant Dalton and Russell Coutts, is CEO of Oracle Team USA, talking up their teams’ chances.
Sky Sports will be showing more live coverage of the America’s Cup than ever before in 2013.
Action from the 34th America’s Cup Finals, the oldest trophy in international sport, starts on Saturday, September 7.
The channel will broadcast every race from the finals live from September 7-21, giving viewers a chance to see some of the best sailors racing in the world’s fastest boats, as well as regular highlights.
Alec Wilkinson returns to present all the live action, having hosted Sky’s coverage of the event since the landmark 32nd America’s Cup back in 2007 when viewers were first brought live coverage of the sport.
Wilkinson will be joined in the studio by Pete Cumming, who will use all his experience as a Trimmer with the SAP Extreme sailing team to provide full analysis of the races.
Sir Ben Ainslie, the most decorated sailor in Olympic history, will also add regular insight throughout Sky Sports’ extensive coverage of the finals.
In addition, by using cutting-edge ‘live-line’ graphics, Sky Sports will be able to explain even the most complex tactics and manoeuvres, which is just as well as the catamarans competing will be the fastest boats ever to challenge for the trophy.
BBC Sport will broadcast regular free-to-air highlights from every race of the America’s Cup for the first time in 2013.
Each 45-minute highlights show covering each day’s racing will air on BBC Two and BBC Two HD a day later (times vary).
…Saturday 7th September Races 1-2 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 2.45pm-3.30pm (Sun) BBC Two Sunday 8th September Races 3-4 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 1.30pm-2.15pm (Mon) BBC Two Tuesday 10th September Races 5-6 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 1.30pm-2.15pm (Wed) BBC Two Thursday 12th September Races 7-8 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 1.30pm-2.15pm (Fri) BBC Two Saturday 14th September Races 9-10 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 3 Highlights: 12.15pm-1.00pm (Sun) BBC Two Sunday 15th September Races 11-12 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 1.30pm-2.15pm (Mon) BBC Two Tuesday 17th September Races 13-14 LIVE: 10.00pm-12.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 11.15am-12.00pm (Wed) BBC Two Thursday 19th September Races 15-16 LIVE: 9.00pm-11.00pm Sky Sports 4 Highlights: 1.30pm-2.15pm (Fri) BBC Two Saturday 21st September Race 17 LIVE: 9.00pm-10.00pm Sky Sports 3 Highlights: 3.15pm-4.00pm (Sun) BBC Two .